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    The strategy guide of Mass Effect 3.

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    Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
    Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
    Where is the hand on the harp-string, and the red fire glowing?
    They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
    The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.

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    Currently Reading:

    Isak Dinesen: Syv Fantastiske Fortellinger - entertaining stories from Denmark set in the 1800's

    Kjell Westo: Där vi en gång gått - novel about the Finnish civil war as it was experienced in Helsingfors

    Halldor Laxness: Independent People - novel set in Eastern Iceland about a foolish man who values things and uses people.

    Astrid Karlsen Scott: Silent Patriot - a story about Hugo Munthe-Kass and the strugle to free Norway from the national socialist cancer

    Jonas Jonasson: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fonstret och forsvann - very humorous story about a hundred years old man who decides to disappear on his birthday for one more adventure

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    Battlescapes

    Currently reading Battlescapes. A photographic testament to 2000 years of European conflict. The landscape of Europe witnessed some of the most vicious and bloody battles of history. From the rolling fields of Hastings to the desolate beaches of Normandy, small patches of land were the sites of violent upheaval and war.
    Today all that remains of many of these conflicts are the battlefields they were fought on. Some marked with memorials and others seem as if nature has swallowed up the very memories of the battle itself.
    1st one, the battle of Hastings, 1066. King Harold and his Saxon army arrived at Senlac Hill on October 13th, 1066. The Saxons numbered around 8000, with no significant numbers of cavalry or archers. The Normans had a force of 7500 men including 2000 horsemen and 1500 archers.
    Harold positioned his troops on top of Senlac Hill. William lined up his troops below them. Britons to the left, Normans in the center and Franco-Flemish troops to the right.
    William attacked but was beaten back by the Saxon shield wall. William attacked with his cavalry but still could not break the Saxon shield wall. The Britons on the left fled, leading a section of the Saxon shield wall to pursue them. The Norman cavalry cut them down and the momentum began to swing. Constant Norman attacks began to thin the Saxon numbers and when Harold fell, the wall lost it's cohesion and the Saxons fled , leaving Harold and most of their leaders dead on the field.
    Their are about 20 battles listed in the book. I cannot go into all the details like I just did, but the number of dead keeps getting larger as the centuries go by.
    Surprisingly as the wars got bigger, plague and disease seem to play a larger part in the deaths. In the 30 years war (1618 to 1648) 2 of every 3 soldiers deaths were by plague and disease. Typhus being the most common plague.
    WWI total deaths were estimated at 14 million, but the influenza epidemic killed 20 million more worldwide. That happened just as WWI ended.
    Approximately 50 million died in WWII.
    Upcoming WWIII, a nuclear war, will probably result in 1 billion deaths. That leaves 6 billion humans left on the planet to begin preparations for the next war.
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    The Ant Eater by Roald Dahl

    Some wealthy folks from U.S.A.,

    Who lived near San Francisco Bay,

    Possessed an only child called Roy,

    A plump and unattractive boy -

    Half-baked, half-witted and half-boiled,

    But worst of all, most dreadfully spoiled.

    Whatever Roy desired each day,

    His father bought him right away -

    Toy motorcars, electric trains,

    The latest model aeroplanes,

    A colour television-set,

    A saxophone, a clarinet,

    Expensive teddy-bears that talked,

    And animals that walked and squawked.

    That house contained sufficient toys

    To thrill a half a million boys.

    (As well as this, young Roy would choose,

    Two pairs a week of brand-new shoes.)

    And now he stood there shouting, "What

    "On earth is there I haven't got?

    "How hard to think of something new!

    "The choices are extremely few!"

    Then added, as he scratched his ear,

    "Hold it! I've got a good idea!

    "I think the next thing I must get

    "Should be a most peculiar pet -

    "The kind that no one else has got -

    "A giant ANT-EATER! Why not?"

    As soon as father heard the news,

    He quickly wrote to all the zoos.

    "Dear Sirs," he said, "My dear keepers,

    "Do any of you have ant-eaters?"

    They answered by return of mail.

    "Our ant-eaters are not for sale."

    Undaunted, Roy's fond parent hurled

    More messages across the world.

    He said, "I'll pay you through the nose

    "If you can get me one of those."

    At last he found an Indian gent

    (He lived near Delhi, in a tent),

    Who said that he would sacrifice

    His pet for an enormous price

    (The price demanded, if you please,

    Was fifty thousand gold rupees).

    The ant-eater arrived half-dead.

    It looked at Roy and softly said,

    "I'm famished. Do you think you could

    "Please give me just a little food?

    "A crust of bread, a bit of meat?

    "I haven't had anything to eat

    "In all the time I was at sea,

    "For nobody looked after me,"

    Roy shouted, "No! No bread or meat!

    "Go find some ants! They're what you eat!"

    The starving creature crawled away.

    It searched the garden night and day,

    It hunted every inch of ground,

    But not one single ant it found,

    "Please give me food!" the creature cried.

    "Go find an ant!" the boy replied.

    By chance, upon that very day,

    Roy's father's sister came to stay -

    A foul old hag of eighty-three

    Whose name, it seems, was Dorothy.

    She said to Roy, "Come let us sit

    "Out in the sun and talk a bit,"

    Roy said, "I don't believe you've met

    "My new and most unusual pet?"

    He pointed down among the stones

    Where something lay, all skin and bones.

    "Ant-eater!" He yelled. "Don't lie there yawning!

    "This is my ant! Come say good-morning!"

    (Some people in the U.S.A.

    Have trouble with the words they say.

    However hard they try, they can't

    Pronounce simple words like AUNT.

    Instead of AUNT, they call it ANT,

    Instead of CAN'T, they call it KANT.)

    Roy yelled, "Come here, you so and so!

    "My ant would like to say hello!"

    Slowly, the creature raised its head.

    "D'you mean that that's an ant?" it said.

    "Of course!" cried Roy. "Ant Dorothy!

    "This ant is over eighty-three."

    The creature smiled. Its tummy rumbled.

    It licked its starving lips and mumbled,

    "A giant ant! By gosh, a winner!

    "At last I'll get a decent dinner!

    "No matter if it's eighty-three.

    "If that's an ant, then it's for me!"

    Then, taking very careful aim,

    It pounced upon the startled dame.

    It grabbed her firmly by the hair

    And ate her up right then and there,

    Murmuring as it chewed the feet,

    "The largest ant I'll ever eat."

    Meanwhile, our hero Roy had sped

    In terror to the potting-shed.

    And tried to make himself obscure

    Behind a pile of horse-manure.

    But ant-eater came sneaking in

    (Already it was much less thin)

    And said to Roy, "You little squirt,

    "I think I'll have you for dessert."

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    Great website

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    Finishing up this one

    Great read, by the way, if you're interested to read about the greatest conqueror in Western history. It's broken down by his father Phillip's and his early life and areas of conquest: Greece/Thrace, Asia, Issus, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persepolis, Bactria, India, (back to) Babylon. Addicting.

    Currently reading this one as well

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    Wow, written by Jude Gerald Reitlinger (official holocaust-scholar) and foreword by Jude Sir Martin Gilbert (official biographer of Winston Churchill). Makes two jews.

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gruesome-Har...2453160&sr=8-1

    Iam reading this at the moment, I strongly suggest you all get a copy, it was written in 1947 when the events of the post war ethnic cleansing was actually occurring rather than the recently discussed book "Crimes and Mercies" which had to rely on archive material.

    This book also examines the moral aspects to a greater extent and though written by an American, it paints the Nazis in a much better light than we are subjected to today, comparing how much better they treated their American prisoners than the Americans themselves did, how so called "forced labour" where actually paid a good salary, how though the Germans treated Russian prisoners badly, it was no worst, or even not as bad as how Russians themselves treated German prisoners.

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